UK holiday goers are trading the sand and sun cream of Spain for a walk in Dales with dog and a lead.
That is because a growing number of UK based holiday venues are opening their doors to our canine friends.
Destinations from the Highland Hills of Scotland through to promenades of Brighton beach are on offer to holiday goers as our love for “man’s best friend” goes from strength to strength.
And it is all because more UK Holiday providers are capitalizing on the huge potential for dog lovers to provide a further boost to the tourism industry.
Figures based on the UK Census of 2006 indicate that there were approximately ten and a half million dog owners in the country – offering UK tourist destinations a major customer base.
Richard Rockett of dog health food company Supadog Sensitive notes that for dog owners “nothing is too much trouble to make sure out furry family member is contented and healthy.”
“We share everything with our dogs, from our favourite television programme to musical preferences, and we’re not afraid of showing real affection for our favourite companion,” he adds
With holiday goers feeling the pinch of the recession, the opportunity to go on a low cost UK holiday that they can also share with their pets makes perfect sense. And the internet is already littered with like-minded companies providing such a service for dog walkers.
Websites like “Dogs invited” and “Paws for a Walk” offer portals for UK holiday goers to access “dog friendly accommodation” from hotels and B&Bs through to campsites and information on dog friendly pubs.
And with these UK holidays taking advantage of the abundance of scenic walks and countryside found across the country, it’s little surprise to find areas like the Yorkshire Dales already popular amongst dog holiday goers.
Here the 680 acres of rolling hills, river valleys and moorland provide the perfect location for UK Holiday goers to take in the scenery along walks that will prove perfect for a canine companion.
And the market for such dog focused UK holidays is likely to grow.
A recent survey from Kelkoo found that the average amount spent on a dog throughout their life has grown to just over £8,600 despite the on-going recession.
Combining great British scenic retreats with the ideal travel companion? You would have to be barking mad to say no.